How Do You Overcome Overthinking?

Have you ever met someone very competent, intelligent, and talented, but they get stuck in analysis paralysis and indecision?

Overthinking and getting lost in limitless options reduces intelligence and effectiveness by producing inaction. Taking any form of action is better than taking no action, but we get so caught up trying to find the perfect decision, so we end up not making any decisions at all. 

The answer to this is to cut through the overthinking and indecision with action.


Before I get into how to do that, let's look at what's going on in the minds of those people. 

The Trap Of Overthinking

For an individual that struggles to see a lot of possibilities, the choice can be easy as you will choose the option that looks most obvious.

For those with an abundance of intelligence, there are far more doors available - choosing can seem impossible. This person then creates a decision tree in their mind "if I choose this, this would be my outcome" then, you need to decide if you want that outcome, which then leads to three or four more possibilities. 

This individual may even start researching the options. It becomes an endless cycle of thinking through multiple options, and through researching those options, it leads to even more possibilities. Leading that person not to make any decisions at all. 

It is virtually impossible to research all possibilities as each outcome has a certain level of uncertainty attached to it. You will never know for sure how those possibilities will turn out or what the probability of that possibility occurring is.  

The uncertainty of our mind thinking through these possibilities is what keeps us in indecision. We will fear the uncertain outcome, and would rather have cold hard data with far more certainty. 

But we can't always have the certainty that we want, endless experiments and investigations would need to be made which have already established do not make the decision making any easier. 

How do we overcome this? By cutting through the overthinking with action.

"Cutting Through" With Action

There is no solving overthinking with additional thinking - thinking gets us into it. Now I am NOT saying think